55 Experts Reveal Their Best Indian Weddings Tips for South Asian Brides

These 55 Indian wedding tips are everything you need to plan the perfect nuptials.

Shopping South Asian Wear Just Got a Whole Lot Easier With UK’s Fashion Brand Viva-Luxe

When it comes to buying South Asian fashion online, I want variety, quality, accessibility, affordability topped off with excellent customer service. Now, I admit that this is a big ask but I think it’s exactly what the South Asian online fashion market is crying out for.

6 Mumbai Street Foods You Need in Your Life

Here’s a list of six of my favorite Mumbai street foods for every Brown Girl!

How To Plan An Easy Breezy Maternity Shoot!

Some great tips to plan an easy breezy maternity shoot

Using the ‘Law of Attraction’ to Attract Happiness into my Life

And one night, when I was unable to pass out as immediately as I would have liked, I started to think of how the definition of happiness and success was very different for me in the past.

Standing Against White Supremacy as a Canadian PoC

Racism exists openly in Canada from anti-Blackness to Islamophobia, and is deeply rooted in our nation’s history through indigenous genocide and ongoing oppression.

Poem: ‘Depression is The Friend You Never Wanted’

Depression is that friend you never wanted, it’s that feeling you’re being haunted. you tell yourself to snap out of it but the prospect of smiling again is daunting.

Onam and the Generation Gap

As every self-aware Malayali knows, there are two ways to deal with Onam: either go all out and happily drown in the many cups of thin white payasam you have been served, or God forbid, take the high road and pull the ABCD (American Born Confused Desi, to quote a much-beloved Malayalam movie).

‘The Big Sick’ Misses the Mark in Capturing the Portrayal of South Asian Relationships

As I walked out of the theater after watching Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick,” a myriad of thoughts ran through my head. Let me begin by stating that I feel that there are positive aspects of this film…

5 New York City Bucket List Items That Will Make You Want to Skip Happy Hour

New York City is its own world of wonders, so don’t ever limit yourself to happy hour.

It’s Never Too Late to Rock Your Sunnies And Here Are The Ones You Should Be Wearing!

Everyone loves a good pair of sunnies, but which ones suit your face best? Brown Girl is here to help you decide!

Onam and the Generation Gap

As every self-aware Malayali knows, there are two ways to deal with Onam: either go all out and happily drown in the many cups of thin white payasam you have been served, or God forbid, take the high road and pull the ABCD (American Born Confused Desi, to quote a much-beloved Malayalam movie).

Celebrating Rakhi: An Ode to Our Brothers

On a day that celebrates the sibling relationship in all its forms, our staff shares our favorite memories of this holiday, and the brothers it honors.

A Photo Series Displaying Diversity Among Modern Muslim Women in the U.K. and U.S.

“As an American Muslim artist I have to be honest it has been hard at times to carve a space out for my music. My sound has changed over the years.”

My Arangetram, One Year Later: 3 Things I Learned From The Journey

It’s been one year since my greatest achievement thus far, and to this day I look back in awe and thankfulness for all that I have accomplished and gained through bharatanatyam.

Shiva: Transcending Social Constructs

By accident, I ran into the sensual image of ShivShakti, also known as Ardhanarishvara (meaning: the lord who is half woman) or Ardhanaranari (the half man, half woman), picturing the god Shiva and goddess Shakti as one entity. Amused by this image, I started to read more and more of the Hindu scriptures. The story of Shiva and Shakti in the Skanda Purana says that the Goddess Shakti asked Shiva if she could sit with him while embracing him firmly. She, jealous as she was, wanted to be with him continuously. Shiva agreed to her request and so Shiva and Shakti became two energy’s in one body.

Understanding the Linguistic Cognitive Dissonance of South Asian Americans

Recently, a college friend pointed out to me that I transform into a different person when I speak to my parents on the phone. My t’s become softer, my r’s become harder. My words end in alveopalatal fizzes, a musical Carnatic cadence I associate with India. She was right, although I hadn’t noticed this before; linguistically, this is called code-switching, a term that perfectly articulates a nebulous identity confusion I’ve always felt but have never quite been able to pinpoint before.

Overcoming Today’s Pakistani Desire to Look Arab

Some Pakistanis – at least in London where I am – pretend that they have Arab heritage. This is a fact that I’ve never really questioned until recent years when I became more curious, confident and knowledgeable of my own lineage. Why do some of us lie about our bloodline?

The 9to5 Misfits Learn Some Interesting Things from a Non-Immigrant

The secret’s out — we’re immigrants! Gaasp! Quelle horreur! In the last episode, we recounted our experiences of coming to America and navigating life in a new country. It was no cakewalk, but we eventually managed to become comfortable in our own skin and assimilate, while also staying true to our Indian roots.

‘Spread Your Legs’: A Poem on Sexual Harrassment

Spread your legs, man.
It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing pants,
a dhoti,
just your kacchi,
speedos
a thong
no underwear
who cares?
Spread your legs

Ramadan Brings Couples Closer Together —That’s What I’ve Always Thought

I’ve always thought the month of Ramadan, the time to worship and not indulge so much in worldly matters, would strengthen one’s bond, make hearts flutter with each other’s commitment to God.

Mehjabeen Hassan Takes Female Empowerment Forward One Outfit at a Time

Mehjabeen Hassan wants to break through South Asian norms and stereotypes in more than one way, and her clothing line is just the start.

Brown Girl of the Month Sanjana Paramhans Designs Public Structures to Create Social Change

Sanjana Paramhans is a dynamic social designer from NYC who uses design…

Brown Boy of the Month David Singh Says Representation is Key for Sports Journalism

My ancestors were taken to Guyana from India to work as indentured laborers for the British in the 1800s. My parents and grandparents grew up in the small Caribbean nation having never visited their motherland.

Dr. Romesh Japra, a Pioneer in Medicine and Culture in America

As a man of many hats, Dr. Romesh Japra not only serves as a cardiologist in the Bay Area, but also works on a variety of initiatives that range from founding a Hindu Temple to owning a vineyard and starting a fundamental celebration known as “Festival of Globe.”

Chester Bennington: Mourning the Eternal Rock Legend and Hero

The late Chester Bennington’s magical voice spoke to the rebel within me and acted as a calming stimulant in the process of growing up.

Meet Tony Brar: Champion Hockey Player and Budding Sports Reporter

Tony Brar is a 25-year-old Television Broadcasting student from Edmonton, Alberta. Born…

Brown Girl of the Month Nivedita Kulkarni Found Her Authentic Self and Won Herself Stardom

Nivedita Kulkarni is a writer, actress, and comedian based in NYC. She was recognized as a rising Asian American performer in Hollywood by HBO’s East of Main Street. Nivedita has worked in development at Segal NYC, is a nominator for the 2017 Kilroy Awards, and can be seen on TV & commercials nationwide.

A Rendevous with Rupi Kaur and Her Riveting Performance

Rupi Kaur’s formerly self-published collection “Milk and Honey” has sold 1.4 million copies around the world and is currently into its 16th printing edition.

Delhi-Based Prateek Kuhad’s Story on Rising International Face for Indian-Indie Music

Performing all over the world, taking the stage at music industry showcases and high-profile events like SXSW, CMW, BIGSOUND, Music Matters, and Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Prateek Kuhad is rising as an international face for Indian indie music.

South Asian Dance Teams Bring Mental Health to the Stage

In fact, when it comes to people suffering from mental illnesses, an effective way to help them cope may actually be dance. Since the mid-1990s, dance therapy has actually been an approved form of treatment for those suffering from severe cognitive problems, according to the American Dance Therapy Association.

How To Plan An Easy Breezy Maternity Shoot!

Some great tips to plan an easy breezy maternity shoot

55 Experts Reveal Their Best Indian Weddings Tips for South Asian Brides

These 55 Indian wedding tips are everything you need to plan the perfect nuptials.

It’s Never Too Late to Rock Your Sunnies And Here Are The Ones You Should Be Wearing!

Everyone loves a good pair of sunnies, but which ones suit your face best? Brown Girl is here to help you decide!

Shopping South Asian Wear Just Got a Whole Lot Easier With UK’s Fashion Brand Viva-Luxe

When it comes to buying South Asian fashion online, I want variety, quality, accessibility, affordability topped off with excellent customer service. Now, I admit that this is a big ask but I think it’s exactly what the South Asian online fashion market is crying out for.

Mehjabeen Hassan Takes Female Empowerment Forward One Outfit at a Time

Mehjabeen Hassan wants to break through South Asian norms and stereotypes in more than one way, and her clothing line is just the start.

Stylish Brands Raising Awareness and Giving Back

Over the past few years, many fashion brands have emerged that run on a platform to raise awareness for various social causes. These brands are definitely my favorites and something you can incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.

Fashion, Trends, and Style: A Conversation with Priya Chhabria

In the glamorous world of fashion, Priya Chhabria talks about styling, trends, and the faux-pas!

5 Ways to Handle Frizzy Hair this Summer Season

The insane amounts of heat and humidity this summer also had me thinking about the frizzy hair I experienced while I was away in Bangkok last year.

Drag Queen Alex Mathew Talks About Co-Existing Identities, Fashion, and Maya

Drag for him is more than just a performance art. It Involves baring the deepest recesses of his mind, the one that society tries to intimidate him into repressing.

Feel Like Royalty in Your Turban and Make it Your Floral Crown

The floral turban is used to express our artistic and colourful side.

‘The Big Sick’ Misses the Mark in Capturing the Portrayal of South Asian Relationships

As I walked out of the theater after watching Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick,” a myriad of thoughts ran through my head. Let me begin by stating that I feel that there are positive aspects of this film…

‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’: Just Another Disappointment for Shah Rukh Khan Fans

by Tayeba Hussain – Follow @browngirlmag “Jab Harry Met Sejal” is a predictable romantic comedy…

How ‘Get Out’ Reminded Me of My Failure to Stand Up For My Black Lover

I once had the privilege of falling in love with the most handsome, smartest, and most importantly, kindest human being in the world. He also happened to be a black man in America, who took on a brave task: dating a Bengali urban-American whose family was so deeply infected with colonialism and hypocrisy.

Ayana Arts’ Show, ‘In Full Bloom,’ to Provide Platform For Multicultural Identities

yana is centered around the belief that our identity is fluid, constantly challenged and redefined, but unified through art– no matter one’s career, interests, heritage, background or religion. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another searching for the right way for us to express our multifaceted identities, we come together to create new and thought-provoking art that expresses our collective identity.

The ‘Baaghi’ Teaser Released And it Ensures Pakistan Won’t Forget Qandeel Baloch

Baaghi doesn’t seem to be interested in telling the story of a beaten-down girl who was subsequently corrupted into an immoral character. Instead, it wants to tell the story of a headstrong and resilient girl who took her circumstances and created a name for herself.

Harry Potter: The Boy Who Keeps on Living

Harry Potter still holds the power to make people read, and technology takes a backseat. Whether it was via Hermione’s intelligence or Dumbledore’s wisdom, the significance of knowledge was always evident.

Riz Ahmed’s Stance Against Media Stereotypes and Lack of Representation

Ahmed has spoken out against limited roles for actors of color in both television and film, stating numerous times he would rather be poor than play stereotypical characters.

20 Years Since Harry Potter Made a Special Place in My Heart

by Jessie Brar – Follow @jessieebrar Harry Potter has a special place in my…

Feminism in Bollywood: Where are the Women Behind the Camera?

With one-dimensional portrayals of women, watered down messages of gender equality, and preachy speeches, the films failed to make an impact.

Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ is a Unique Love Story With Universal Truth

Love is hard. That’s an undeniable fact. But, as many South Asians and other minority communities know all too well, acceptance can be much harder.

Feeling the Guilt? How to Eat Low-Calorie at 5 Different Fast Food Chains

Alert! Eat fresh – Subway’s punch line – is not always true. By the time you have added double cheese to your foot-long, gotten a cookie, and a bag of Lays chips, your attempt at a healthy meal becomes an 800+ calorie meal. Here’s how to avoid it.

Learning Self-Love Through Photography

I’ve never done a photoshoot before. I don’t know how to model. Hell, I don’t even like being in front of the camera. At first, I didn’t even recognize myself. I looked incredible! All the things I was insecure about seemed to fade away. The photography was art.

6 Fun Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is important, but people often think that it’s too time-consuming or that it’s meant to be something extravagant like a massage or a vacation. But even a 5-minute cat nap can help you feel rejuvenated.

Hate Running? 5 Innovative Ways to Still Get in Your Cardio!

Luckily, I have found a few ways to get my cardio in on days when I’m just not in the mood for running in any form, even on a treadmill, or using an elliptical.

A Poem on Depression: You Didn’t Think To Say…

Maybe an “I love you” and “I’m here to support you” would have helped to climb out of the depths of darkness that I am no longer able to get out of.

Dear My Main Man: A Daughter’s Letter of Love to Her Father

Dear My Main Man,

I write to you because out of every helping hand I have received in this world, yours is the one with the most impact. You receive the least amount of credit and praise for the things you do. You’ve always stood back and let me shine or run in the rain knowing I always get caught up in a storm. You’re always stepping in when I call for you, knowing you can’t be more than a few feet away ready to comfort me in your arms as you have been doing for years. It’s time that light radiates on who you are and the love that you have shown me.

Get Fit While Having Fun with These 5 Couples’ and Partner Workouts

As summer goes on, it can be easy to get lost in the ice cream, tanning, and margarita slump. Sometimes, you can forget entirely about the gym and working out. I have found that a good way to combat this is to make working out fun – make it an experience. And the best way to do that? Do it with that someone special. Because everyone knows…couples who lift together, stay together.

With My Mental Illnesses, One Thing Led to Another

I have dealt with substance abuse, an eating disorder, and I still struggle with depression and anxiety today. My mental illnesses are very interconnected and I’m slowly tackling them, one at a time. I think many people have trouble understanding how all of these can occur at once. I often hear from people that I did this to myself or that I’m seeking attention. There’s so much stigma around mental illnesses and I hope by being open about mine, I can help erase some of that stigma.

5 Healthy Hacks for Your Booze This Summer

Suns out, guns out! Time for the rooftops, beaches, and patios. But what are you drinking? Here are five hacks to help you order something on the “healthier” side!

Reasons Why My Father is an Undercover Feminist

At face value, my dad is a traditional Punjabi, conservative and serious father who just wants the best for his daughter. Yet over the years, all of the guidance he has provided me and all of the choices he has made for me have all screamed feminism. The decisions he made in raising me would make Sheryl Sandberg proud; however, his behavior was never meant to work towards feminism or gender equality — it was just a great externality.

Using the ‘Law of Attraction’ to Attract Happiness into my Life

And one night, when I was unable to pass out as immediately as I would have liked, I started to think of how the definition of happiness and success was very different for me in the past.

Standing Against White Supremacy as a Canadian PoC

Racism exists openly in Canada from anti-Blackness to Islamophobia, and is deeply rooted in our nation’s history through indigenous genocide and ongoing oppression.

7 Things Every Girl Should Know When Marrying Into an Indian Soap Opera

When I visit my parents I almost always spend a few hours during my trip watching Indian soap operas. I like Indian soap operas. I like the drama, the clothes and jewelry, and the offbeat, sometimes farcical story lines.

Eradicating Violence Against Women and Victim-Blaming in Kerala

Ever since I was a child, I frequently traveled to Kerala, a state in India known as God’s own country. Kerala is one of the most educated states in India with a literacy rate of 94%. Besides education, Kerala is known for its natural beauty, tranquility, and strong, diverse cultural traditions. Unlike my other trips to Kerala, this trip was an eye-opener as I became aware of a different, grimmer image of the status of women.

#WeDoBelongHere: My Immigrant Husband and Parents Are Just as American as Me

I fell in love with someone who happened to not be an American citizen. Much like my parents, he has spent most of his life in the United States, however, according to the U.S. government, he was not eligible to gain citizenship due to his age.

Why I Refuse To Believe In The “White-People-Are-Sex-Crazed” Stereotype Among South Asians

An Indian man once said that he found it hard to believe that my white teenage school classmates were conservative and religious about sexuality.

Why Desis Need to Stop Saying the N-Word

The issue at hand is about the systemic racism operating against blacks in our society, racial slurs being just one symptom of the larger problem. The South Asian community is part of that problem.

Liam Neeson Is No Match for Monica Bhatnagar’s “Bad Auntie”

In this episode of Bad Auntie, she reminds Monica how exactly she has failed her parents by not yet having children.

My Arangetram, One Year Later: 3 Things I Learned From The Journey

It’s been one year since my greatest achievement thus far, and to this day I look back in awe and thankfulness for all that I have accomplished and gained through bharatanatyam.

‘Why Aren’t You Eating?’: The Ramadan Struggle for Muslims With Eating Disorders

Ramadan essentially mirrors the practice of anorexia and binge eating disorder. For a month, food is prohibited for long periods of time, until daylight ends, at which point, all anyone wants to do is stuff themselves with as much food as possible. Every time around this year, when starving yourself is expected and encouraged, I find myself torn between multiple identities again: the girl who values spirituality and wants to fast, and the girl who still hates herself sometimes and wants to starve.